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  • Power user conference to highlight operational energy innovation

    Mar 30, 2012

    Supplying tactical electric power to the battlefield in a reliable, energy-efficient way is a key goal of the Department of Defense's Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the focus of an upcoming Users' Conference.

  • Working out the bugs

    Mar 29, 2012

    Research teams from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command have helped to develop the Arthropod Vector Rapid Diagnostic Device, which can identify if an arthropod is infected with a pathogen that may cause severe disease in humans.

  • Witnessing 40 years of change at Natick

    Mar 29, 2012

    Chris Pentheny will never forget Valentine's Day, 1972, when he started a job where he would spend the next 40 years, at what came to be known as the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Watervliet's planners: A world where stubby-pencil errors may cost thousands

    Mar 29, 2012

    Imagine the stress involved in having a job where a simple, stubby-pencil error in a calculation may mean that your business will lose out on a multimillion dollar order.

  • Smartphone application benefits wounded warriors

    Mar 29, 2012

    A new smartphone app has been released for iPhone and Android devices that provides wounded warriors with a comprehensive mobile resource guide.

  • Soldiers train on Company Command Post for NIE 12.2

    Mar 28, 2012

    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, are heavily involved in preparations for their third Network Integration Evaluation 12.2, which culminates in the field phase at the end of April.

  • Vertical-lift aircraft design expected soon

    Mar 28, 2012

    The military services expect to unveil performance specifications this summer for a new joint vertical-lift aircraft, Maj. Gen. William T. Crosby told congressmen, March 27, 2012.

  • Army's upgraded tactical communications network passes cold weather test, moves closer to fielding

    Mar 27, 2012

    Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 successfully completed its Cold Weather Natural Environments Testing in January at Fort Greely, Alaska, receiving positive test results in the execution and in its recently released test report from the Army's Aberdeen Test Center.

  • Army lab developing gas 'plume' detection system to protect Soldiers, first responders

    Mar 27, 2012

    A wind monitoring and modeling system being developed by the Army Research Laboratory' s White Sands Missile Range, N.M., division could one day protect Soldiers and civilians alike from weapons of mass destruction.

  • U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center puts MRAP through its paces

    Mar 27, 2012

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground played an extensive role in the rapid initiative to field the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle by conducting punishing durability testing on virtually all of its variants.

  • Putting materials through the wringer at Natick

    Mar 26, 2012

    Luisa DeMorais and her team will go to any lengths to make certain that the items service members wear and carry are performing to their full potential -- even if it means doing 96 loads of laundry in a single day.

  • Gaming plays important role in Army training

    Mar 26, 2012

    An avatar of Col. Robert "Pat" White, deputy commander of the Combined Arms Center - Training, told Army Games for Training User Conference that gaming will play a critical role in training, March 26, 2012.

  • G-8 debunks Army myths, lists top modernization priorities

    Mar 26, 2012

    The Army G-8 addressed the status of the service's top modernization portfolios, ground combat vehicle, aviation and the network and reiterated the number-one priority would remain Soldier protection.

  • Army launches apps marketplace prototype

    Mar 23, 2012

    Army Software Marketplace prototype now delivers 12 mobile training applications for Soldiers to use on personal phones or tablets.

  • Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured

    Mar 23, 2012

    The Army is marking the manufacture of the 10,000th M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station today.

  • Army labs prepare systems for Network Integration Evaluation

    Mar 21, 2012

    In advance of this spring's major field exercise for the Army's new tactical communications network, engineers are putting systems through their paces to ensure a smooth handoff to the troops conducting the evalutions.

  • Resiliency app nears 20,000 downloads

    Mar 21, 2012

    The CSF Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book has been download almost 20,000 times to either an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

  • Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

    Mar 21, 2012

    Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21, 2012.

  • McHugh glimpses Army energy future

    Mar 19, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh glimpsed the Army's energy future March 16, 2012, while attending the Army Power & Energy Initiatives Breakfast and visiting the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Energy to Tactical Edge: Hybrid power saving lives

    Mar 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force launched an energy-based training, education and capabilities initiative for Soldiers at remote outposts.

  • Army's newest laboratory complex to open April 11

    Mar 15, 2012

    The U.S. Army will open a new lab complex at an April 11, 2012, ceremony at the Detroit Arsenal, Mich.

  • Secretary of the Army sees 'science behind the Soldier'

    Mar 15, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh got a look at what Soldiers wear, eat and carry during a visit to the Natick Soldier Systems Center, March 15, 2012.

  • Army to field energy-saving systems to deploying BCT

    Mar 13, 2012

    As part of the Army's Net Zero Operational Energy program, Soldiers from Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team learned to operate and maintain multiple hybrid-power management systems.

  • Natick, Tank Armament Command work together to get gear to troops

    Mar 13, 2012

    Logistics, often perceived as an afterthought, is at the forefront of the Army's efforts to equip Soldiers with what they need in the manner that will assist them best.

  • Natick division tests Soldier performance

    Mar 12, 2012

    The Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine is trying to find better ways to measure Soldier performance than the Army Physical Fitness Test.

  • Big Red One Soldiers take center stage during Apache, Gray Eagle tests

    Mar 12, 2012

    Pilots and ground Soldiers from C Company, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, are putting the capabilities of the new Apache Block III helicopter to the test in the skies above the National Training Center as part of the aircraft's Initial Operations Testing and Experimentation.

  • Army converging operations, intelligence tools at next NIE

    Mar 9, 2012

    A web-based system, similar to an "app store," that fuses real-time operations data and accumulated intelligence will be evaluated by Soldiers at the Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 in May.

  • Spartans log more than unmanned aircraft system 5,000 flight hours during deployment

    Mar 8, 2012

    Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Spartan), 10th Mountain Division, have been taking the lead in operations, both on the ground and in the air, in southern Afghanistan for more than 11 months.

  • Army's current, future network capabilities interoperate for stronger force

    Mar 8, 2012

    While Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2, the Army's newest generation of its tactical communications network backbone, undergoes its operational test this spring, an upgraded version of its earlier counterpart, WIN-T Increment 1b, will also participate in the test to ensure seamless connectivity and interoperability.

  • Geotagging poses security risks

    Mar 7, 2012

    "Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?" asked Brittany Brown, social media manager of the Online and Social Media Division at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

  • Army scientist readies Soldiers' masks for chem-bio hazards

    Mar 5, 2012

    Jadey Pareja, an Edgewood Chemical Biological Center chemist, leads five scientists in the Protective Equipment Test Branch who test and analyze the carbon materials that will be integrated into Soldiers' protective mask filters.

  • Army to field more 'double-V hull' Strykers

    Mar 4, 2012

    The Army expects final delivery of additional Stryker double-V hull vehicles by year's end and will then have a total of about 760.

  • Industry ready now for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

    Feb 28, 2012

    Industry bidders will respond March 13, 2012, to the most recent government request for solutions to modernize the light tactical vehicle fleet -- and they don't need any more time than that to do so, because they are prepared now.

  • NIE leadership stresses outreach to industry

    Feb 24, 2012

    The Army is removing barriers to small business participation and speeding up the feedback cycle in order to better facilitate industry participation in the Network Integration Evaluations, senior leaders said during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exhibition here.

  • Shyu outlines state of Army acquisition: saving lives, saving money

    Feb 23, 2012

    The U.S. Army is immersed in a series of ongoing efforts to find fiscal efficiencies while continuing to harness needed innovation, in many cases, to deliver life-saving technologies to Soldiers in Afghanistan, said the Army's top acquisition official.

  • Army leaders outline plans to upgrade tactical communications network

    Feb 23, 2012

    The Army is preparing to field up to eight brigade combat teams with an advanced, integrated tactical communications network beginning early next year, senior leaders said during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exhibition at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • 4 light robots put through paces at Fort Benning

    Feb 22, 2012

    Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., tested four small robots last week to get a better idea how they might help Soldiers in recon missions and the detection of improvised explosive devices.

  • Army to resume Enterprise Email migrations

    Feb 22, 2012

    The Army expects to resume migrations to Department of Defense Enterprise Email by Mar. 17, 2012.

  • 'Kevlar underpants' protect pelvic region

    Feb 22, 2012

    For dismounted Soldiers patrolling Afghanistan roads, improvised explosive devices can be even more devastating than for those in armored vehicles, but a new line of protection may help.

  • Army to buy radios following Network Integration Evaluation

    Feb 21, 2012

    In its first procurement action resulting from the Network Integration Evaluations and Agile Process, the Army is issuing a "sources sought" notice for a single-channel, vehicle-mounted radio.

  • Bringing immediate protection to Soldiers

    Feb 17, 2012

    The Modular Ballistic Protection System, under development at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center was designed to protect Soldiers in temporary camps.

  • Army outreach goes high-tech

    Feb 17, 2012

    The Army has fielded an interactive exhibit to educate students nationwide about hard-to-fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields.

  • 101st Airborne's 'Strike' brigade first Army unit issued M26 shotgun

    Feb 17, 2012

    The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is the first unit in the Army selected to be issued the M26 12-gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System.

  • SMDC successfully launches short range ballistic target

    Feb 15, 2012

    SMDC successfully completed a test flight of the new Economical Target-1, Feb. 15, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

  • Army Rangers test new software-defined radio

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan recently completed an Operational Assessment of the software-programmable Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Rifleman Radio, highlighting its ability to share combat-relevant information, voice and data across small units in real time.

  • Army highlights best of past, present, future at Chicago Auto Show exhibit

    Feb 14, 2012

    Gen. George S. Patton's 1938 Cadillac staff car is on display at the Chicago Auto Show alongside the U.S. Army Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics vehicle and two hybrid concept vehicles.

  • Army brings prototype scout vehicle to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army's newest concept models are among about 1,000 vehicles on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

  • Soldiers prep for onset of second increment of Army network

    Feb 13, 2012

    Soldiers began the 10-week New Equipment Training in January in advance of the WIN-T Increment 2 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, scheduled for May.

  • Army Rangers test new software-defined radio

    Feb 10, 2012

    The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan recently completed an operational assessment of the software-programmable Joint Tactical Radio Systems Rifleman Radio.

  • Social media misuse punishable under UCMJ

    Feb 9, 2012

    Soldiers who use social media must abide by the terms outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • Army's top signal officer tours C4ISR campus, explores acquisitions efficiencies

    Feb 8, 2012

    Members of Team C4ISR showed promise becoming a reality to Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, the Army's chief information officer/G6, Jan. 30, 2012, during her visit to the C4ISR Center of Excellence.

  • 101st Airborne Soldiers help prepare for fielding of upgraded howitzer

    Feb 7, 2012

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne recently helped Picatinny employees complete the second of three logistics phases required before the digitized M119A2 howitzer can be fielded to troops.

  • Solar power to energize Detroit Arsenal

    Feb 7, 2012

    The first solar-powered microgrid to provide energy to an Army installation is scheduled to be operational this spring. U.S. Army engineers will install the system at Detroit Arsenal.

  • Ensuring Soldiers remain 'decisive edge'

    Feb 7, 2012

    The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology said Soldiers provide the decisive edge as she outlined the role of science and technology in solving the problems and meeting the challenges confronting the Army, during a Feb. 6, 2012, visit to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

  • Army bringing Detroit military muscle, efficiency to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army is sending two concept hybrid vehicles to the Chicago Auto Show to showcase its latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money, address environmental concerns and save Soldiers' lives.

  • New first aid kit being developed at Natick

    Feb 2, 2012

    The new Individual First Aid Kit being developed at the Natick Soldier Systems Center eventually will be carried by every Soldier in a combat environment.

  • 'Revolution in Prosthetics' reports advancements, future of prosthetics

    Feb 2, 2012

    Civilian researchers and Army physicians gathered to discuss the progress and future of prosthetics for wounded warriors at the "Revolution in Prosthetics" session Jan. 31, 2012 during the Military Health System Conference held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2012, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md.

  • Cloud computing to integrate with current Army system

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Army hosted an Industry Day on Jan. 10-12, 2012, to inform potential technology development partners of new capabilities that support Army cloud computing development efforts and hear how potential partners could contribute to those efforts.

  • Jacksonville District's UAV program soars

    Feb 1, 2012

    The NOVA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle offers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a low-cost method of obtaining pictures from the air for levee monitoring, wildlife surveys, regulatory permit reconnaissance, invasive species contract assessments and invasive species acreage estimation.

  • Resiliency app available on Androids

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book, previously released as an app for iPhones and iPads, is now available for Android users.

  • Network modernization business practices allow Army to trim costs

    Feb 1, 2012

    Facing an environment of emerging fiscal constraints, the Army is using its Network Integration Evaluation efforts, part of the Agile Acquisition Process, to force a shift from Research, Developmental, Technical and Engineering efforts to the procurement of mature network capability that will be fielded starting in 2013.

  • Army teams with Coast Guard on aircraft towing system

    Feb 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard on the Standard Aircraft Towing System Joint Venture during a Roll-Off Ceremony at the NMC-Wollard facility in Eau Claire, Wis., Feb. 1, 2012.

  • Tripler head, neck docs use robot to increase patients' quality of life

    Jan 31, 2012

    In May of 2011, the da Vinci Surgical System was embraced by two otolaryngologists at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. The robot, which was first purchased in 2009, has been used to support a variety of surgical specialties.

  • Wool possible high-performance fiber for combat clothing

    Jan 30, 2012

    The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is evaluating wool fabrics for use in combat clothing.

  • Fueling shelters at half the cost

    Jan 26, 2012

    Imagine cutting your home fuel consumption costs in half. That would be tough enough in a conventional house. Now think about trying it in a tent.

  • Natick uses efficient airdrop testing

    Jan 26, 2012

    Drop zone testing options for the Airdrop Technology Team at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have been used to ensure Science and Technology research projects stay on schedule and within budget.

  • Army drives ahead with Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program

    Jan 26, 2012

    A Request for Proposal was issued by the U.S. Army for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

  • Human elements technology closer to reality

    Jan 26, 2012

    About 60 people from Department of Defense organizations, national organizations and academia met last month to discuss current human elements research and breakthroughs to determine areas of shared interest in the organizations.

  • Facebook: Please use responsibly

    Jan 24, 2012

    While social media like Facebook allow Soldiers to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, strangers and enemies of the U.S. might also be keeping tabs on Soldiers as well.

  • 'Carl Gustaf' weapon extends Soldiers' lethal reach

    Jan 24, 2012

    With the need for Soldiers in Afghanistan to engage the enemy at longer distances, Picatinny Arsenal has completed an initial training and fielding of a weapon for traditional Army units previously used only by special operations commands.

  • Deployed Soldiers connect with Army scientists for technical solutions

    Jan 24, 2012

    American Soldiers deployed across Afghanistan are asking questions and making suggestions about their equipment, weapons and vehicles to U.S. Army scientists at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Money-saving energy initiatives get spotlight in Afghanistan

    Jan 17, 2012

    Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives for Operation Enduring Freedom bring energy-efficient and reliable power generation to forward-deployed units.

  • Army acquisition executive emphasizes affordability

    Jan 17, 2012

    From firing a new enhanced performance round to actively seeking input from mid-career managers, Heidi Shyu's whirlwind visit Dec. 20, 2011, to Picatinny Arsenal included a town hall in which she underscored the need to streamline acquisition.

  • Paratroopers learn latest battlefield skills at Fort Polk

    Jan 17, 2012

    Fort Bragg paratroopers bound for Afghanistan picked up the latest skills and equipment from those most recently returned at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

  • Aging Kiowa, vertical unmanned aerial systems among aviation challenges

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army expects to test a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance air vehicle in Afghanistan this summer.

  • Army one step closer to replacement of ACU pattern

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army is now one step closer to selecting a new set of camouflage patterns that could replace what Soldiers are wearing now in most places.

  • Migration to joint enterprise email pauses

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army has suspended its migration to Joint Enterprise Email to comply with provisions in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31.

  • Army hosts network modernization Industry Day

    Jan 12, 2012

    Army officials hosted more than 275 industry representatives at new integration facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week, stressing the service's commitment to its new "agile" approach to modernizing the tactical communications network.

  • Army helps bring virtual health care to Albanian hospitals

    Jan 11, 2012

    Telemedicine is connecting even the most remote regions of Albania to the global medical community, with the help of U.S. Army Europe, the Corps of Engineers and USAID.

  • Prior-service contractors help save Soldier's life

    Jan 9, 2012

    Two prior-service contractors in Afghanistan helped save the life of a Soldier struck by a sniper.

  • Vision center of excellence promotes eye-injury research, care

    Jan 9, 2012

    Next month will mark a major milestone in advancing care for wounded warriors suffering debilitating eye injuries with a ribbon-cutting at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

  • Army Research Laboratory scientist's past inspires STEM workshop for women

    Jan 9, 2012

    Melanie Will-Cole served as an example for would-be scientists during the Young Women in Science and Engineering College and Career Workshop at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • 1st ID Combat Aviation Brigade to welcome new unit, new capability

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is planning on adding a new combat strength to their capabilities in March with the addition of an unmanned aerial system company.

  • Army acquires recoilless, shoulder-fired weapon

    Jan 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army Soldiers in Afghanistan are now firing an 84mm, reusable, recoilless shoulder-fired conventional munition able to destroy enemy targets hidden behind rocks, trees and buildings, service officials said.

  • Army network integration facilities simulate battlefield environment

    Jan 6, 2012

    Armed with the ability to recreate a battlefield network environment in its multiple integrated testing facilities here, the Army is providing advanced technologies to the field faster and with greater efficiency.

  • Army unveils latest STEM recruiting tool

    Jan 6, 2012

    The Army launched its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Army Strong Zone as a prelude to Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome Jan. 7, 2012.

  • Natick plays major role in face transplants

    Jan 5, 2012

    Three full facial transplants have been accomplished with funding from an Army contract and officials at the Natick Soldier Systems Center hope the technology can be used on wounded warriors.

  • Army organization supports DOD flight tests, modifications

    Jan 5, 2012

    The CERDEC Flight Activity is at the heart of testing systems that go into aircraft such as various infrared counter measures, signals intelligence sensor systems and radar systems as well as handling post-production modifications like fast rope systems, adapted seats and paint jobs.

  • Personnel scanners provide added level of security in Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2012

    A personnel scanner was put into operation at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 31, 2011, to scan Afghan civilians requiring access to a coalition run hospital.

  • Developing capabilities for a 21st-century Army

    Jan 1, 2012

    For three weeks in November approximately 3,800 Soldiers and 1,000 vehicles of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled into the New Mexico wilderness, to test and evaluate dozens of computerized, digital systems that could give the Army a future tactical edge, during an exercise called the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • Remote-controlled lifesavers

    Jan 1, 2012

    When Ernest Fessenden sent his brother Staff Sgt. Chris Fessenden a remote-controlled truck in Afghanistan, he hoped that the truck would help keep his brother safe. It did that and more.

  • Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

    Dec 30, 2011

    The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February.

  • European garrisons protecting Army communities with virtual training

    Dec 29, 2011

    The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, teamed-up with the Joint Multinational Training Command's Simulation Center to host the garrison's annual force protection exercise.

  • Afghan National Police students experience biometrics system

    Dec 28, 2011

    New students entering the Afghan National Police Noncommissioned Officer Course at Bamyan Regional Training Center, Afghanistan, experienced the biometrics record system firsthand, Dec. 12-13, 2011.

  • Big cost savings comes in tiny package

    Dec 27, 2011

    A small fingerprinting device allows recruiters to quickly gather background information on applicants while saving the Army money.

  • 'Black Knights' produce mission critical systems

    Dec 27, 2011

    The Search and Recovery section of Company B, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, mass produces Culvert Intrusion Denial Systems, a defense against improvised explosive devices, at Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan.

  • Army to deploy vertical take-off UAS

    Dec 22, 2011

    The U.S. Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.

  • C4ISR hosts briefing for industry, small business conference

    Dec 21, 2011

    Army leaders at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., hosted an advance planning briefing for industry and small business conference to inform industry and business leaders of new opportunities to demonstrate their technologies for potential military use.

  • Army aiming for vehicle-based Common Operating Environment

    Dec 19, 2011

    On the dynamic and complex battlefield, the Common Operating Environment will streamline communications between Soldiers in vehicles and higher headquarters, creating seamless interoperability between the computers, sensors and applications they use.

  • New system delivers water, fuel to Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2011

    The CUBE system promises a more reliable, cost-effective way to sling load vital liquids to the field.